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Russia: Just like the USSR, but without those pesky Communists

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member


  2. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Just think if American TV networks took that approach with Bush.

    CNN would be reduced to showing reruns of Princess Di's Royal Wedding.
  3. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    I've seen a lot about this lately--Russia is rapidly returning to every bit the autocratic state it was in the Soviet Era. The only differences are: now they favor capitalist over socialist ideals; mafia thugs/oligarchs who've bought off the govt are now the society's royalty above the corrupt bureaucrat class that used to rule; and they're now more interested in selling their weapons for a profit than using them to invade other countries.

    But it's all the same shit in terms of consolidating power in a few, stifling dissent, and crushing individual rights and liberties. That's how it was during the Czarist era, that's how it was during the Soviet era, and that's how it's fast becoming during the capitalist era.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    But the St. Petersburg subway stations look like palaces.

    And stealing on the internet is legal.

    There is actually one anti-government newspaper allowed to publish . . . but it goes so far the other way that it has little credibility. And allowing it to exist is basically the government's way of saying "See? We allow dissent."
  5. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Diary-Journalists-Account-Corruption/dp/1400066824. Politkovskaya was killed because she was one of the few people willing to stand up to the government. Her book chronicles numerous atrocities in Russia in the early to mid-00s. Things are much worse over there than most anyone in this country realizes. And she died in 2006 I believe so I'm assuming things are much worse now.
  6. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Every Sunday, somebody named Jimmy from Brooklyn calls Bill Cunningham to tell him that Communism is alive and well and that the Cold War is still going on. The Soviet Union is playing possum, he says, and Czechoslovakia is still a country.
    Jimmy sees Communists everywhere, kind of like the way the kid in The Sixth Sense sees dead people.
  7. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Frontline, I believe did a great job reporting on this last fall. Even more nerve-rattling was the rise of youth political education camps (I've forgotten the official name), in which participants are taught near-sycophanatical praise of Putin. It's like a return of Stalin or some half-assed Russian Mao.
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest


    In Soviet Russia, the television censors you.
  9. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Link to show I mentioned before. If you have time to watch, I highly recommend.

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